By Tanya Lee Stone
That they had the correct stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. and so they blazed a path for generations of girls to follow.
What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, braveness, intelligence, resistance to emphasize, best actual form — any list would come with those. but if the US created NASA in 1958, there has been one other unstated rule: you needed to be a guy. this is the story of 13 girls who proved that they weren't purely as difficult because the hardest guy but additionally courageous sufficient to problem the govt.. They have been blocked by means of prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled observe of 1 of the main strong males in Washington. yet even if the Mercury thirteen girls didn't make it into house, they didn't lose, for his or her instance empowered younger ladies to take their position within the sky, piloting jets and commanding area tablets. nearly ASTRONAUTS is the tale of 13 precise pioneers of the gap age.
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She focused her vision. She took charge of the joystick. Move by move, she brought each rotating axis under control. Cobb mastered the MASTIF. Mercury-style. NOT a Meaningful Test 31 Jerrie Cobb masters the multiple-axis space test inertia facility, or MASTIF. (Following page) A full-scale view of the MASTIF. 32 ALMOST ASTRONAUTS Chapter 4 Mommy’s Going to the Moon! An Invitation to the Party Some women were following Cobb’s story with more than a passing interest. ’” Wally Funk sat down and wrote a letter to Lovelace.
Her answers were analyzed. They hooked electrodes to her head and measured brain activity while she was awake. And while she was asleep. She was asked to speak nonstop for five full minutes about herself. Now, that Cobb could have done without. Thirty hours later, she had her phase-two results. Once again, Cobb had excelled. Proven she had the Right Stuff. And once again, her attitude was noted as being more impressive than that of the Mercury 7 men, who balked at the psychological questions and grew irritated.
You are told to undress, scrub clean, and slip on a white gown. You climb up the wooden steps to the drawer’s opening and lie down on cold, hard metal. A body on a stretcher. You fold your arms across your chest and stay silent. Perfectly still. You are about to be slid on a slab into the mouth of the monster: the total-body counter. When the door shuts, every speck of light is blocked out. It is as dark as the blackest night. Darker. Then you wait. Completely motionless in this coffin-like contraption while the total-body counter painlessly bombards you with electronic rays and counts the amount of radioactivity in your body.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone